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Thursday, January 17, 2013

Metal Tiki Masks

5th graders learned about the history of Polynesian masks through a Power Point Presentation. Tiki statues have been around for hundreds of years. They have their roots in Polynesian culture. They are most prominently found in the Pacific Islands, New Zealand, Hawaii and the most famous Tikis tower over Easter Island.
Tikis usually featured a human head carved from wood or volcanic rock. The large cylindrical shape of the trees formed their basic shape. All of the features are exaggerated especially the nose and mouth. Most ancient Tikis have little painted decoration.

Fifth graders created their Tikis by doing a drawing  for Square 1 Art. Students then traced their design to onto metal tool and used the repousse technique of pressing out the metal on one side to create a popping out effect. They then colored in parts of mask with Sharpie and decorated with feathers and beads. Lastly they fastened them to wooden stands.

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